Meet Our Staff

Katie Shallue

Office Manager

Katie is excited to be able to call herself your new Office Manager. She grew up in Blaine, MN and attended her undergrad at Concordia College in Moorhead MN, there earning a BA in Art Education and a MN teaching license in the same. Later she attended Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN and earned an MA in Children, Youth and Family Ministry.
She has four children: Iby (13), Adam (11), Elias (7) and Elana (5). They recently moved to Fergus Falls last September from Southern MN, a town called Madelia near Mankato area. Her kids and her greatly enjoy living in Fergus Falls, it is such a nice combination of small and big town. She also loves the school district and the children have had a great time making friends.

Kristy Wicklund

Director of Children’s Ministry/Social Media Specialist
Kristy Wicklund grew up on a beef and grain farm just north of Fergus Falls.  She went to school in Fergus Falls and attended a small church where she attended every Sunday morning.  Her mom was both Superintendent of the Sunday School and one of the Sunday School teachers.  When Kristy was confirmed, she took her place as a Sunday School teacher and taught for five years where she found her love for teaching, children, and sharing God’s word. Kristy attended Moorhead State University and received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. She taught at a private Montessori school with toddlers through 8th grade in Moorhead for ten years.  Kristy and her family moved back to their hometown in 2014.  They joined First Lutheran Church, her husband’s home church and the church they were married in, and she has been involved in the Sunday School ever since.  Kristy is married to Charles and together they have three active children: Adeline, Lucas, and Amelia.

Keith Melberg

Organist

Keith Melberg has been the organist at First Lutheran Church since 1985.  Prior to that he was an organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.  Keith also accompanies the Senior Choir and plays in Hosanna Handbells (he plays the heavy, large ones!)  Keith is a retired supervisor for the Customer Information System at Otter Tail Power Company and still does some contract work for Otter Tail Power.  Keith has 4 children and 8 grand-children and enjoys singing with Community College Chorale in his spare time.  Keith is an incredible asset to our music ministry.

Linda Mellon

Bell Choir Director

Linda Mellon has been a member of First Lutheran Church since she was in fifth grade. Linda has been involved in music ministry since 1984.  She was asked to direct one of the children’s choirs temporarily and it stuck.  She says, “thirty-four years later, here I am!” In 1987, the church was gifted with a three octave set of Malmark handbells.  Linda then began directing the handbell choir.  The bell choir has since added two more octaves of bells and five octaves of choirchimes. Linda is married to Bud (they were married at First Lutheran in 1977) and they have two daughters, Sarah and Erica, who were both baptized and confirmed at First Lutheran.  Linda and Bud have five grandchildren who love to visit grandma and watch her while she directs the Bell Choir!  Linda and Bud live on Otter Tail lake.

Harriet Wicklund

Senior Choir Director

Harriet became a member of First Lutheran Church in 1988 and has always loved the rich choral tradition here.  Vocal music has always been a central part of her life as she studied vocal/choral music at the Fergus Falls Community College and Bemidji State University.  She directed our Senior Choir for 22 years, beginning in 1986.  While enjoying retirement from full-time employment, she is excited to be directing again!  Harriet and her husband, Barret, have three grown children and three grandchildren, all of whom are members at First Lutheran Church.  She loves sharing her lap with her grandchildren during worship services!

Anne Taylor

Worship Team Director

Anne Taylor has been involved with church music since the age of 14 when she became the full-time organist at Hamar Lutheran Church in Rothsay, MN. She studied piano and organ at Luther College and was music director/organist at the Norwegian Memorial Lutheran Church in Minneapolis and organist at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in DeKalb, IL.   At First Lutheran, she directs the Worship Team, a group that helps lead the blended worship service once a month. She and her husband, Sean, have two grown children, Ethan and Sarah.

Steve Hosch

Custodian

Steve Hosch has been working at First Lutheran for over 30 years. He was born in Ashland, Ohio and has lived in many different places before settling in just outside of Fergus Falls. He was married in 1984 to Cheri, and they had three children. He graduated from Coopers High School in Robbinsdale, MN. Steve and two of his daughters live together with his dog, Hans, a German Shepherd. We are very blessed to have such a hard-working Janitor here at First Lutheran. He oversees all of the cleaning and building maintenance, and has great skill in making our building last through the years.